Bartender of the week – Lauren Kutzke
Name: Lauren Kutzke
Bar: Burke Street Pub
Where are you from? Iowa, go Hawkeyes!
How long have you been bartending? 11 years
How did you become a bartender? Like most people who bartend, I started off serving tables. I quickly took an interest in being behind the bar, and an old coworker gave me a shot, and the rest is history.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I would say the social aspect and the fast-paced environment of it. I’m super detail-oriented, so the meticulous part of bartending works for my personality well.
What’s your favorite drink to make? Unless I have to make 100 of them, the Burke Street-famous Astro Pop! Everyone gets so excited when they see them because they are layered and pretty.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? I’m a vodka-girl. I like lemon drops a lot, but if you know me, you know the way to my heart is an extra dirty (filthy if you will) martini!
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? Either the martini I mentioned above or a nice glass of red wine.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? Ohh boy…I’ve seen quite a lot of things over the years, many I probably should keep to myself, ha! I’d like to give a shout out to a fun regular named Michael Jessup because he’s given us many stories to tell. One of my favorites was actually when I was on the other side of the bar at Tee Time Sports and Spirits, and Michael rode in the front door in an Evel Knievel costume on a mini bike and rode around the bar haha, that was seriously unexpected and hilarious!
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? I had a guy leave me $500 one time, that really made my day or my week really!